Italian is widely regarded as the Romance language most closely resembling Latin and is spoken in many European countries by around 66m people. Believed to have developed from ‘vulgar’ Latin, some of the dialects very closely resemble the classical language in form and usage.
Although standard Italian is the official language of the country, there are some 34 dialects and versions that are widely spoken and so although everyone understands and can use the standard form people will often use the local dialect on a daily basis.
Across Europe, Italian is the official language of San Marino and used in the administration of the Vatican City.
Italian is the third most spoken language in Switzerland and has official minority status in Croatia and Slovenia and is widely understood in Albania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and Greece.
The Italian language is also used in North and East Africa due to the colonial influence of the country, is the second most used language in Libya and is influential in Eritrea and Somalia.
Due to the large scale emigration experienced in the 19th and 20th centuries, Italian is spoken widely in the US although it is noted that many people can only speak a dialect form, being the language of their parents and grandparents.
We have a large number of Italian translators and interpreters who are able to help you with Standard Italian and dialect translations.